Does CO2 Lag behind warming and climate change in the natural cycle? Yes. Is it lagging today? No. CO2 normally lags in the natural cycle unless some abnormal perturbation occurs. If we were in the natural cycle, CO2 levels would be around 280ppm. We are now over 387ppm and therefore CO2 is now leading in our current warming scenario, above natural cycle.
Natural Forcing v. Human Caused Forcing
CO2 levels are now around 387ppm, which is much higher than the natural cycle.
One of the things people noticed after Al Gores movie “An Inconvenient Truth” is that in the natural cycle CO2 lags behind warming. This is actually true.
Here is how it works:
The Milankovitch Cycles are the main regulator of the longer term natural cycle forcing that pushes us in and out of ice ages and warm periods (glacial/inter-glacial).
Natural v. Human Caused?
In the natural cycle, the Milankovitch cycles lead the change and most everything else follows.
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